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Dang

Lenoir, NC

#19309 Jul 21, 2013
"Three California cities -- Stockton, San Bernardino and Mammoth Lakes -- have filed for bankruptcy so far this year. Moody's said they are not likely to be the last.

"To summarize, we expect ... more bankruptcy filings and bond defaults among California cities reflecting the increased risk to bondholders as investors are asked to contribute to plans for closing budget gaps," the report said.

It noted that the municipal bond market has long been characterized by low default rates and relatively stable finances, an outlook that is beginning to change as bankruptcy becomes a tool for cash-strapped cities. That requires Moody's to reassess the financial position of all California cities "to reflect the new fiscal realities and the governmental practices."

The report also noted the potential for ratings downgrades to fiscally distressed cities, counties, school districts and special districts throughout the state.

Lower bond ratings will increase borrowing costs for those entities at a time when many of them are struggling financially because of a steep drop in tax revenue.

"In the current environment, as more municipalities approach the economic or political limit to raising taxes or adjusting spending, we expect an increase in defaults and bankruptcies over the next few years," the report said." http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-574956...
Dang

Lenoir, NC

#19310 Jul 21, 2013
"In 1950, Detroit was America’s fifth-largest city, with a population of 1.84 million. Median household income was higher than in any other city. So was the percentage of people who owned their own homes. Detroit was then arguably the best big city in which to live.

Today, Detroit leads Forbes magazine’s list of “most miserable cities.” It’s the fourth-worst run, according to Money magazine. It’s second in violent crime, third in murders. Nearly half of Detroiters of working age are unemployed.

The population of Detroit has fallen by more than half, to 706,585. It’s now the size it was in 1910. Median household income is barely half the U.S. average ($27,862 vs.$51,413). The average price of a house in Detroit is just $16,800, by far the lowest in the country.

There are a couple of smaller cities which, arguably, are in even worse shape. But no city has fallen so far, so fast.

Some decline was inevitable because the world of 1950 was uniquely beneficial to Detroit. The most important industry at that time was the automobile industry, and because Europe and Japan were still rebuilding from the devastation of World War II, Detroit had a virtual monopoly. Detroit had been the heart of the “arsenal of democracy” and had a more skilled labor force than any other city on the planet.

The U.S. auto industry tumbled from its lofty perch in the 1970s, in part because by then Europe and Japan could offer serious competition. The Arab oil embargo after the 1973 Yom Kippur War sparked for the first time the interest of Americans in smaller cars, which the Germans and Japanese were building, but Detroit was not.

But most wounds were self-inflicted. Cars built by GM, Ford, Chrysler and American Motors cost more and were less reliable than cars built in Germany and Japan.

Chiefly responsible were the contracts won by the United Auto Workers, then America’s most powerful union. It wasn’t so much the lavish pay and benefits as the featherbedding work rules which guaranteed cars built in Michigan would cost more and break down more often than cars built elsewhere.

The auto industry has bounced back some. Several Ford and GM sedans are now rated as more reliable than the imports with which they compete. But Detroit’s decline has accelerated. That’s because for half a century, Detroit has been governed by the policies President Obama advocates.(Detroit’s last Republican mayor was Louis Miriani, who left office in 1962.)"
Dang

Lenoir, NC

#19311 Jul 21, 2013
"The problem is that liberals judge policies on the basis of what is promised, not on what is delivered. That’s because liberalism in practice means:

• A large and expensive public work force but deteriorating public services. Detroit in 2011 had 12,900 city employees, one for every 55 residents. Of the cities closest to Detroit in population, Columbus, Ohio, had one city employee for every 95 residents; Charlotte, N.C., had one for every 109; Fort Worth had one for every 118 residents.

Schools stink, buses are late and infrastructure deteriorates because Democratic politicians depend on public employee unions for votes and campaign contributions. So they hire as many public employees as they can, overpay them and don’t require them to do much.

• High taxes. Despite an average home price barely more than a tenth that of the next lowest city, Detroit has the highest property taxes in the country, according to a 2011 study. When all city levies are included, Detroit had the ninth-highest taxes. Because median income is so low, the tax burden on Detroiters is heavier than these data indicate.

High property taxes have spurred tax evasion on a mammoth scale — half of Detroiters don’t pay their property tax bills — and flight to the suburbs.

• Massive debt. Detroit’s long- term debt is $14 billion, equivalent to nearly a third of what the city collects in taxes. Detroit’s finances are in such bad shape that last week Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed an emergency manager to restructure them.

Democrats emphasize redistribution of wealth. Before wealth can be redistributed, it must be created. Liberal policies destroy wealth. Those who suffer most are precisely those Democrats say they’re helping. In the Detroit of 1950 — when no city in the world was creating more wealth — the poor and the middle class were far better off.

Jack Kelly is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio."
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#19321 Jul 21, 2013
Dang wrote:
<quoted text>California is on the list for Democrat failure along with:
Detroit , MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961;
Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn't elected one since 1954;
Cincinnati , OH (3rd)...since 1984;
Cleveland , OH (4th)...since 1989;
Miami , FL (5th) has never had a Republican mayor;
St. Louis , MO (6th)....since 1949;
El Paso , TX (7th) has never had a Republican mayor;
Milwaukee , WI (8th)...since 1908;
Philadelphia , PA (9th)...since 1952;
Newark , NJ (10th)...since 1907.
All of this is interesting but what is your point. Detroit is in Michigan which is headed by Snyder a Tea {R} governor that has little to nothing and even obstruct Detroit’s efforts to get their act together. Now you haven’t forgotten the Bushwhacking episodes that made Detroit a ghost town.
Miami never had a {R} Mayor and your point? Are you trying to use the separate and divide conquer, tactics of the republicans. LOL… look how well that worked for them. Now they are spiraling down and out in fragments.
Be careful when you are using speculative articles as to what might be in California or any where else. How many times they were off the mark? CBS as any speculator do not have the crystal ball. I know this because I have it…. LOL

Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#19328 Jul 21, 2013
Dang wrote:
"The problem is that liberals judge policies on the basis of what is promised, not on what is delivered. That’s because liberalism in practice means:
world was creating more wealth — the poor and the middle class were far better off.
Jack Kelly is a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio."
LOL you make derogatory remark on liberalism and then cut and paste what the conservatives swamped this nation, with their deregulated capitalist fiasco economy. What are you hinting? You want to go back and defend the conservatives failed policies on democratic capitalist economy. Do try to focus on just what your trying to accomplish. Your drifting like a Defiant Tex. Emulating an intoxicated Tea partier. Stumbling all about with incoherence as their guide.
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#19338 Jul 21, 2013
Ho, ho Have you guys noticed we are being infected with some dating service advertisements? LOL Can you imagine what their clientele is like? That they have to resort these tactics. Reminds me of the Islamic promise of the “Seven Virgins” to their callow naive suicide bombers. Suspect those virgins must be pretty bad shape, to be an inexperienced sexual partner at their age. Ha, ha and yet there the uneducated naives will give their lives for the chance.
LOL wonder how many naïve callow individuals we have on this thread. Hey maybe this could be beneficial. Yeah,,, help to get rid of some of our loose thread weavers.
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#19346 Jul 21, 2013
Oh well. Now that’s a deep subject.….No we will not go to the well today we will explore how the price of inequality is produced and fed to the herd.
…………….Wall Mart Demands Inequality..
How do they do it? Here is one example of how inequality is promoted. Location Washington.
1} Get A politician; Mayor Vincent C Gray worked very hard to get Walmart to come to town. His city council was not as receptive. City Council will force large profitable stores of $1 Billion more in profits to share their wealth with their laborers. Minimum wage of $8.25 would be adjusted to $12.50 per hour. Walmart threatens to shut down 6 of their planned construction sites for their Walmart’s expansions.

2} Testimony from desperate unemployed; “Those big people in government, they don’t understand my situation,” said Fred Reaves, 45, who is unemployed and said he would gladly take a job at the current city minimum,$8.25. Mr. Reaves goes on to say
“Eight-something, it’ll motivate you to start going to work,”“You can start paying some bills. It will help you to come off public assistance.”
A one chair barber said he would not hesitate to demand his daughter to get a job at Walmart at the lower wage.

3} Seek area with tax luring benefits; Councilman Mr. Orange opposes Walmart . What was once desperate times, seeking to lure businesses to the area is no longer the case. Minimum wage of $8.25 will no longer support a basic living standard within the cities booming growth it is experiencing. Walmart promotes improvised conditions for their laborers that are require to seek subsidized living benefits, food stamps, welfare, etc., within a city that has advancing faster than the minimum wage can afford. Mr. Orange cites the 2012 ,$469 Billion revenue, with a $17 Billion profit margin of Walmart.
Lure that attracted Walmart is decades old and is now open to reform and negotiations.

4} Rally support; Mayor Gray vows to veto the Councils negotiations with Walmart. The desperately improvised are paraded in the media.
Suppressing the local businesses voices for leveling the playing field and the local officials that warn of the consequences of having their citizens mired in the poverty that is produced by Walmart’s low income pay for laborers. Eligibility of the improvised to be eligible for Medicaid , food stamps and housing assistance. Essentially taxpayers will be subsidizing the Walmart’s poverty promoting tactics.

A sliver of enlightenment is demonstrated by Willie Ford, 39, a carpenter, scoffed at the notion that Walmart could not afford to pay $12.50.“Come on, they’re going to make beaucoup money from this area,”… Mr. Orange councilman says they are negotiating from a position of strength . Denying inroads of Walmart’s efforts, to another large city to promote their poverty policies.
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#19350 Jul 21, 2013
LOL robo dating. Females are getting desperate. Defiant Tex mount their horseyees and with a Yippee Yay Ka yay off they go...

“physics is your friend”

Since: May 12

Location hidden

#19359 Jul 21, 2013
Well i must say Bernie someone should turn this dating service into Topix.Hey Bernie if I give you a better forum will you try it out? I'm on it myself.Need a liberal for balance.What do you say?
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#19361 Jul 21, 2013
waco1909 wrote:
Well i must say Bernie someone should turn this dating service into Topix.Hey Bernie if I give you a better forum will you try it out? I'm on it myself.Need a liberal for balance.What do you say?

Well waco don’t know if I qualify for being a liberal. Yes I am broad minded and open to progress but think I lack the quality you may be seeking. You know how low my self esteem is. OH if its Wall Street or most foxy sites, then I have already been banned from their sites for whip lashing them with tooooo many facts.
Have you taken the conservative strategy to retreat without success? With no exit strategy. How about we rally the guy’s and politely answer these desperate calls from these damsels in distress? We could broadcast out a message to prudent intelligent individuals on these threads that are overcome with this ROVE-ing tactic of hacking. Typical conservative ploy. Here just send this message out and then wait for results.
Hey guy’s have come up with a way to deal with these robo dating calls. Forward them to your attorney general office or your government officials of your choice. Take care not to send them to any Teabagger as they are susceptible to such advertisements and will clog up the lines of communication through out the nation. Lets give Topix a hand. Ha, ha, support big government. Take advantage of the socialism of our government. Let the politicians explain why they are swamped besieged and overcome with these calls from so many desperate females.
Bernard Forand

Fort Myers, FL

#19362 Jul 21, 2013
Defiant1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Well GAWD DAMN!. Everything is "free" huh?. Somehow I doubt it. It costs money to run a website.
Ha, ha. I figured these robo calls would tweak the interest of our dear Defiant. He is already estimating the cost to call. LOL

“physics is your friend”

Since: May 12

Location hidden

#19363 Jul 21, 2013
Bernard Forand wrote:
<quoted text>
Well waco don’t know if I qualify for being a liberal. Yes I am broad minded and open to progress but think I lack the quality you may be seeking. You know how low my self esteem is. OH if its Wall Street or most foxy sites, then I have already been banned from their sites for whip lashing them with tooooo many facts.
Have you taken the conservative strategy to retreat without success? With no exit strategy. How about we rally the guy’s and politely answer these desperate calls from these damsels in distress? We could broadcast out a message to prudent intelligent individuals on these threads that are overcome with this ROVE-ing tactic of hacking. Typical conservative ploy. Here just send this message out and then wait for results.
Hey guy’s have come up with a way to deal with these robo dating calls. Forward them to your attorney general office or your government officials of your choice. Take care not to send them to any Teabagger as they are susceptible to such advertisements and will clog up the lines of communication through out the nation. Lets give Topix a hand. Ha, ha, support big government. Take advantage of the socialism of our government. Let the politicians explain why they are swamped besieged and overcome with these calls from so many desperate females.
Bernie I truly think your input would make the forums I'm talking about more interesting.You should know by now, that merely because we disagree is no reason for hate.So, consider my offer.
Dang

Lenoir, NC

#19364 Jul 21, 2013
Bernard Forand wrote:
<quoted text>
All of this is interesting but what is your point. Detroit is in Michigan which is headed by Snyder a Tea {R} governor that has little to nothing and even obstruct Detroit’s efforts to get their act together. Now you haven’t forgotten the Bushwhacking episodes that made Detroit a ghost town.
Miami never had a {R} Mayor and your point? Are you trying to use the separate and divide conquer, tactics of the republicans. LOL… look how well that worked for them. Now they are spiraling down and out in fragments.
Be careful when you are using speculative articles as to what might be in California or any where else. How many times they were off the mark? CBS as any speculator do not have the crystal ball. I know this because I have it…. LOL
Prove YOUR point, go ahead and rub that ball. Nothing I posted was of my making and how did Bush do anything?
Dang

Lenoir, NC

#19365 Jul 21, 2013
Bernard Forand wrote:
<quoted text>
LOL you make derogatory remark on liberalism and then cut and paste what the conservatives swamped this nation, with their deregulated capitalist fiasco economy. What are you hinting? You want to go back and defend the conservatives failed policies on democratic capitalist economy. Do try to focus on just what your trying to accomplish. Your drifting like a Defiant Tex. Emulating an intoxicated Tea partier. Stumbling all about with incoherence as their guide.
I guess I should have explained to the wondering mind, the entire post was the from the same article. Sorry it wasn't "crystal" clear for you. The pattern is becoming clearer everyday on the fall of the economy and strange as it may seem, the Democrats always seem to be at the helm. It's more likely to be because of the lack of back bone to stop the "Great I'll Give You Everything" philosophy. Housing, food, phones, medical, on and on it goes. Then implosion and it's the Republican's fault, no wait, Bush's fault.
Defiant1

Deer Park, TX

#19366 Jul 21, 2013
Dang wrote:
<quoted text>I guess I should have explained to the wondering mind, the entire post was the from the same article. Sorry it wasn't "crystal" clear for you. The pattern is becoming clearer everyday on the fall of the economy and strange as it may seem, the Democrats always seem to be at the helm. It's more likely to be because of the lack of back bone to stop the "Great I'll Give You Everything" philosophy. Housing, food, phones, medical, on and on it goes. Then implosion and it's the Republican's fault, no wait, Bush's fault.
Blarney wants everyone to think that he has an inquiring mind when he actually requires one. That's probably Bush's fault too. LOL
Defiant1

Deer Park, TX

#19367 Jul 21, 2013
It looks like some of the ObamaTards have taken his "wealth redistribution" seriously.

Welcome to Chicago -- now give me that iPhone

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/brea...
level headed

United States

#19368 Jul 21, 2013
Dang wrote:
<quoted text>I guess I should have explained to the wondering mind, the entire post was the from the same article. Sorry it wasn't "crystal" clear for you. The pattern is becoming clearer everyday on the fall of the economy and strange as it may seem, the Democrats always seem to be at the helm. It's more likely to be because of the lack of back bone to stop the "Great I'll Give You Everything" philosophy. Housing, food, phones, medical, on and on it goes. Then implosion and it's the Republican's fault, no wait, Bush's fault.
Bush seems to know how to manipulate most of the Democrats. It was always best to deal with him face to face. Being it was his rules we always waited for the phone call.

“physics is your friend”

Since: May 12

Location hidden

#19369 Jul 21, 2013
level headed wrote:
<quoted text>
Bush seems to know how to manipulate most of the Democrats. It was always best to deal with him face to face. Being it was his rules we always waited for the phone call.
If only I knew what the hell you just said.
Dang

Lenoir, NC

#19370 Jul 21, 2013
level headed wrote:
<quoted text>
Bush seems to know how to manipulate most of the Democrats. It was always best to deal with him face to face. Being it was his rules we always waited for the phone call.
Shame on Democrats to let themselves be manipulated. I believe it's the "rules" of governing. Bush should not have had to call.
Defiant1

Deer Park, TX

#19371 Jul 21, 2013
I cut and pasted this from another site. It certainly is the truth!

Bob:
"Did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?"
Jim: "You mean the
Mexican gun running?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean SEAL Team 6
Extortion 17?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the State Dept.
lying about Benghazi?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the voter
fraud?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the military not getting
their votes counted?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean that 3 or 4
of Obama's GAY boyfriends were mysteriously MURDERED when they came forward with
claims he was gay too?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the
president demoralizing and breaking down the military?"
Bob: "No, the other
one."
Jim: "You mean the Boston Bombing?"
Bob: "No, the other
one."
Jim: "The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything
else?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the president wanting to
kill Americans with drones in our own country without the benefit of the
law?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million
and right after it declared bankruptcy it was sold to the Chinese?"
Bob: "No,
the other one."
Jim: "You mean the president arming the Muslim
Brotherhood?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The IRS targeting
conservatives?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The DOJ spying on the
press?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "Sebelius shaking down health
insurance executives?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "Giving SOLYNDRA
$500 MILLION DOLLARS and right after they declared bankruptcy 3 months later the
Chinese bought it?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The NSA monitoring our
phone calls, emails and everything else?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim:
"The president's ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from
jails and prisons and falsely blaming the sequester?"
Bob: "No, the other
one."
Jim: "The president's threat to impose gun control by Executive Order
in order to bypass Congress?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The
president's repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no
later than the first Monday in February?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim:
"The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100%
for Obama?"
Bob: "No, the other one."

Jim:
"The president's unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to
circumvent the Senate's advise-and-consent
role?"
Bob: "No, the other
one."
Jim: "The State
Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental
sexual misconduct?"
Bob: "No, the other
one."
Jim: "HHS employees
being given insider information on Medicare Advantage?"
Bob: "No, the other
one."
Jim: "Clinton, the IRS,
Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?"
Bob: "No, the other
one."

Jim:
"I give up!... Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million
low-information voters who don't pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and
stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt administration in American
history?"
Bob: "THAT'S THE
ONE!"

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